Connecting School and the Multilingual Home: Theory and Practice for Rural Educators

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Multilingual Matters, Apr 10, 2019 - Language Arts & Disciplines

This book examines the educational gaps that multilingual students in rural communities experience. It argues that responsive, successful relationships between schools and multilingual families are a crucial aspect of all educators’ work and that no single strategy will work for all families. Rural multilingual family engagement involves building meaningful partnerships and relational trust, based on significant knowledge of families' cultures and language repertoires. Educators can reframe their work by learning from families and building on the strengths of multilingual families, which are too-often overlooked in school policies and educator practices. This is the first book to focus specifically on rural school settings. However, the conceptual framework of equity and linguistically responsive pedagogy are applicable across settings for educators who wish to support their multilingual students and families.


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Engaging Rural Multilingual Families
Acting to Engage Multilingual Families
Rural Multilingual Family Engagement in the 21st Century
A StrengthsBased Approach to Family
Becoming Aware of Multilingual
The Intersectionality of Rurality Poverty and Immigration
The Role of Community Agencies in Family Engagement

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About the author (2019)

Maria R. Coady is Irving and Rose Fien Endowed Professor and Associate Professor of ESOL/Bilingual Education at the University of Florida, USA. She has worked extensively in rural multilingual settings. She is director of Project STELLAR (Supporting Teachers and Educators of English Language Learners Across Rural Settings) and has taught English in the USA and abroad. She has also directed a rural biliteracy development project, Libros de Familia, with multilingual families.

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